August 26, 2006

Reyes To Stay

Yes, I know this is old news, but I just wanted to share my opinion about the Minnesota Twins agreeing to an extension with lefty Dennys Reyes. For all of you out there that don't know, the Minnesota Twins agreed to a two year extension with Dennys Reyes that will pay him from 1-2 million dollars over the next two years.

I think the Minnesota Twins made an awesome move by re-signing him, had he hit the Free Agents market, I think he would have made a lot of money from other big market teams in the hunt for lefty help such as the Boston Red Sox and possibly the New York Yankees. This would mean that the Twins would have most likely lost out on a very good lefty pitcher and would have had to go to their minor leagues to develop one.

I also think this shows a lot not only about Reyes but also about the Minnesota Twins players. Reyes had to have known that he could have made a lot of money elsewhere but he instead decided to stay with the team that had finally called him up and kept him in the majors, and the team that has used him in numerous critical situations. Reyes signing also showed that he is not just worried about making money, and that he is more worried about signing with the team that gave him a true chance.

There have been a lot of good relieve pitchers to leave the Twins, most notably J.C Romero, Eddie Guardado, and LaTroy Hawkins. Although Romero didn't leave through Free Agency, he pretty much worked his way out of town. The reason I brought this up is because all three of these pitchers were pretty good when with the Twins, however when they left they went downhill. Eddie has went through numerous injuries and has now been on 2 teams. Hawkins went to the Cubs and was traded to the Giants. He is now with his third team since the Twins, the Orioles. Finally, Romero got traded to the Angels and is still with them, however he has an ERA of 7.08.